Kilgore Garden Club members discuss hibiscus

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Kilgore Garden Club met Jan. 4 at First Christian Church Parlor with hostesses Jean Robertson and Carroll Bolton.

Bolton gave an interesting program on hibiscus plants.

Hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii and the national flower of Haiti. Hibiscus is not only a showy plant, but it’s also used for medicinal purposes. It is good for weight loss, cancer and upset stomachs. Today, hibiscus is popular for the potential to reduce high blood pressure.

Hibiscus tea is made from hibiscus flowers leaves and the red center of the flower. As the red center turns into pods, these hold seeds and are often the main ingredient in herbal drinks. Tea and extract can be purchased at health food stores as a dietary supplement – so don’t go out and eat your hibiscus.

Most hibiscus seen in this area are the tropical plants and must be protected from the cold. There are both annual and perennial plants. A hardy hibiscus can be grown outside year round, such as the Luna Rose, Texas Star and Confederate Rose.

Bolton displayed pictures of the different hibiscus flowers.

Kilgore Garden Club closed out the year 2017 with a luncheon on Dec. 6 at the home of Peggy Bowne with co-hostesses Gayla Baxter and Kaylynn Harrison.

The luncheon is the club’s only fundraiser for the year. Attendees enjoyed a meal of chicken and rice, pistachio salad and Christmas petit fours.

Bolton presented a short Christmas program.

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